1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Robert Lowth

Hannah More, in "Sensibility" Sacred Dramas (1782) 270.



Illustrious LOWTH! for him the muses wove,
The fairest garland from their greenest grove.
Tho' Latian bards had gloried in his name,
When in full brightness burnt the Latian flame;
Yet, fir'd with nobler hopes than transient Bays,
He scorn'd the meed of perishable praise;
Spurn'd the cheap wreath by human science won,
Borne on the wing sublime of Amos' son:
He seiz'd his mantle as the Prophet flew,
And caught some portion of his spirit too.